October 31, 2011

Men's Soccer Draws 1-1 Tie at SFNY, Sit One Point Back in Playoff Chase

(Brooklyn, NY) – Justin Brewer (Somers, CT) scored and Alex Fait (Ottawa, ON) made nine saves, as the Sacred Heart Men's Soccer team remained undefeated in their last seven games with a 1-1 tie against St. Francis (NY) Monday afternoon.  The Pioneers (4-1-3 NEC) are now tied for fifth place, one point behind both Mount St. Mary's and St. Francis (PA) for the final playoff spot in the upcoming NEC Tournament with two regular season games to play.

After postponing the game by a day following the aftermath of Winter Storm Alfred, Brewer wasted little time giving SHU an early lead.  His header off a corner kick by Brian Francolini (Ellington, CT) gave SHU a 1-0 lead in the second minute.

The Terriers responded on a goal by John Johanson, who took a pass through the box by Adam Maabi and blasted in the game-tying goal in the 28th minute.

SFNY held an 18-13 advantage in shots through regulation, but SHU generated the most chances in overtime with a 6-2 edge in shots.  Francolini had two chances to win the game in overtime.  His shot on a breakaway attempt went wide to the right in the 99th minute, and his shot from 20 yards out in the 108th minute hit the crossbar.

SFNY remains one point behind SHU in a very tight NEC Playoff race, battling the Pioneers in a a very physical game.  The teams combined for 34 fouls, four yellow cards, and three red cards.

Sacred Heart hosts Quinnipiac on Friday night in the regular season home finale at Campus Field at 7:00 p.m.